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 As most of you know, every swim team member has a full privilege YMCA membership at no additional cost when joining the Hurricanes. Having this membership opens up a lot of opportunities for our swimmers and our team!!     

Note: Kingston YMCA Hurricanes parent advisory committee meetings are held at the YMCA several times per year; If you would like to be a part of this committee, please do!!  As a volunteer driven organization, our club welcomes you! Dates may be subject to change due to poor weather conditions or holidays. Please verify with an advisory committee member the meeting time and place each month if you would like to attend. Thank you.

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Parent Meeting Information September 2013

Posted by Lori Tocco at Nov 19, 2013 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )


Joe Leirey, Head Coach

Parent Advisory Committee - Serena Wunderlich, Kevin Chorzempa, Bobby Davenport, Brian Connolly and  James Jolly

Coach Joe opened the meeting by welcoming all parents, returning and new, to the 2013-14 YMCA swimming season and introduced himself as well as listing the coaches for this year's team.  He gave brief descriptions for each coach and, when mentioning Coach Chris' and Coach Ryan's affiliations with the Kingston High School Varsity Swimming program, encouraged and welcomed parents to bring their swimmers to the high school on meet nights to cheer on the varsity program - in many cases the next step for our YMCA swimmers.

Joe gave a brief history of his involvement with swimming and specifically the YMCA then segued into the team's "identity":

The Kingston YMCA Hurricanes are a YMCA program and team that also swims/participates in USA meets.  YMCA is our primary affiliate; this year we will be participating in five (5) dual meets (while hosting two of them), one Invitational (which we are hosting), North Country League Championships (TBD), State Championships (Ithaca), Nationals (TBD), and new to the league this year - Developmental Championships and Last Chance Meet (we are hosting).  The latter most meet is designed to provide our swimmers the opportunity to participate in a championship meet while falling short of the league championship qualifying times; additionally, swimmers wishing for a “last chance” to obtain cut times for state championships qualifications will also be encouraged to participate.

USA Swimming is used by the Hurricanes to enhance the program and as such, we are scheduled to participate in four (4) meets:  Pilgrims Pride (NOV), Harvard (DEC), Starfish (JAN), Region 1s (MAR) - additional meets after States may be scheduled.  Meets are posted on the website.  Meet entries for the meets are chosen as follows:  

USA meets - swimmers/families pick their own events

YMCA meets - coaches pick swimmer events

Credit cards must be on file for the USA meet entries as well as YMCA championship meet entries; dual meet entries carry no cost.


To qualify for league championships, in addition to the time requirements each swimmer must have participated in two (2) dual meets.  To qualify for state championships, in addition to the time requirements each swimmer must have participated in two or three (2 or 3) dual meets plus league championships.  To qualify for national championships, in addition to the time requirements each swimmer must have participated in two or three (2 or 3) dual meets plus states.  The Kingston Snowball Invitational is a national qualifier meet.  See Coach Joe with any questions.

The North Country League Championship meet location has yet to be determined (Shen, RPI or Union College most likely).

For state championships, a block of rooms have been reserved for the Kingston YMCA Hurricanes at the Best Western; make your reservations ASAP.

For the Harvard meet, rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express at Cambridge, Mass.  The deadline for reservations is November 6th.  

For the January Albany Starfish meet, the Holiday Inn Express in East Greenbush is accepting our reservations at a reduced rate as well.

Should you have any questions about reservations, see our website for more details or speak with Coach Lori.

Meet Entry Sheets for Harvard, USA, Invitational, and Championship meets are in the communication box at the high school pool as well as on the website.  Follow the directions carefully - event numbers listed correctly are vital.  Sign the authorization on the form to charge the credit card on file.

For YMCA meets, please email Coach Lori if you are not attending.  If you have a problem en route, a text or quick email is great as well.

Events for championships: three (3) individual events and two (2) relays; the coaches will pick the swimmers events should they have more than three qualifiers.

All meets (and more so for home meets) parent volunteerism is required to fill the more than 63 positions necessary to successfully run a meet.  See Serena and James for listings, sign ups, etc.  We have needs for all sorts of jobs - from set up to seating/bullpen to timing to running to concessions to officiating to computing (data entry as well as clock management).  Our parent advisory group also needs volunteers for various committees - fundraising, parties, end of year banquet, etc. The meets as well as club operations are dependent upon parent volunteers and we appreciate your support.  

Additional fundraising is also necessary to successfully run the club; we will have multiple fundraisers to achieve this including an iPad raffle for which each family will be required to sell at least ten (10) tickets

at $10 per ticket.  The tickets will be distributed shortly.  Additional prizes for this raffle are a Nook and a swim bag with swim goodies in it.  A special prize will be awarded to the swim family who sells the most tickets.  On the first weekend of October we held a mini-golf fundraiser at the Sports Cone in Kingston!  An additional fundraiser or two will be scheduled in the beginning of 2014.  If you have special talents in this area, please volunteer to work the fundraising committee.


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Posted by Lori Tocco at Nov 19, 2013 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

Female 8 and Under

        NYS    NCL 

25 Free    18.20        24.00

50 Freev 41.99           50.00

100 Free  1:38.00       1:50.00

25 Back   23.59          26.00

25 Breast  25.00       30.00

25 Fly      22.59            28.00

100 IM    1:51.00      2:00.00

Female 9-10

           NYS             NCL

50 Free 33.76      40.00

100 Free 1:17.00   1:32.00

200 Free 2:50.00     3:10.00

50 Back 40.75       49.00

50 Breast 45.50      54.00

50 Fly 40.00          49.00

100 IM 1:27.90 1:45.00

Female 11-12

             NYS       NCL

50 Free 29.70 35.00

100 Free 1:06.10 1:15.00

200 Free 2:27.20 2:45.00

50 Back 35.50 40.00

50 Breast 39.60 45.00

50 Fly 33.90 40.00

200 IM 2:48.00 3:04.00

Female 13-14


50 Free 28.59 33.00

100 Free 1:02.60 1:13.00

200 Free 2:19.00 2:38.00

500 Free 6:20.00 6:45.00

100 Back 1:12.80 1:20.00

100 Breast 1:23.00 1:30.00

100 Fly 1:14.99 1:19.00

200 IM 2:37.00 2:50.00

Female 15 & Over


50 Free 28.10 32.00

100 Free 1:01.60 1:11.00

200 Free 2:17.00 2:32.00

500 Free 6:08.00 6:20.00

100 Back 1:12.00 1:18.00

100 Breast 1:20.50 1:28.00



100 Fly 1:12.00 1:17.00

200 IM 2:36.50 2:50.00



1000 Free 13:00.00

1650 Free 21:00.00

200 Back 2:28.00 2:43.00

200 Breast 2:42.00 2:57.00

200 Fly 2:30.00 2:45.00

400 IM 5:10.00 5:40.00

Male 8 & Under


25 Free 18.29 24.00

50 Free 41.99 50.00

100 Free 1:38.00 1:50.00

25 Back 23.59 26.00

25 Breast 27.00 30.00

25 Fly 24.50 28.00

100 IM 1:54.00 2:00.00

Male 9-10


50 Free 34.50 40.00

100 Free 1:17.60 1:32.00

200 Free 2:55.00 3:10.00

50 Back 42.30 49.00

50 Breast 46.99 54.00

50 Fly 42.10 49.00

100 IM 1:30.00 1:45.00

Male 11-12


50 Free 29.70 35.00

100 Free 1:07.00 1:15.00

200 Free 2:27.00  2:45.00

50 Back 36.30 40.00

50 Breast 41.99 45.00

50 Fly 36.00 40.00

200 IM 2:53.49 3:04.00

Male 13-14


50 Free 27.80 31.00

100 Free 1:01.00 1:08.00

200 Free 2:19.00 2:28.00

500 Free 6:25.00 6:35.00

100 Back 1:13.60 1:15.00

100 Breast 1:21.00 1:26.00








100 Fly 1:17.00 1:20.00

200 IM 2:42.00 2:45.00

Male 15 & Over


50 Free 24.50 30.00

100 Free 54.10 1:05.00

200 Free 2:03.10 2:22.00

500 Free 5:38.00 6:10.00

100 Back 1:06.40 1:12.00

100 Breast 1:14.00 1:22.00

100 Fly 1:03.90 1:10.00

200 IM 2:21.99 2:45.00



1000 Free 12:00.00

1650 Free 20:00.00

200 Back 2:18.00 2:33.00

200 Breast 2:30.00 2:45.00

200 Fly 2:20.00 2:35.00

400 IM 4:45.00 5:15.00

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Posted by James Jolly at Oct 7, 2012 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )


A critical ingredient in maintaining a successful swim program is the volunteer; whether visiting a meet or hosting one, administrating the program, officiating a meet (see below), fundraising, providing a service for the program, or just plain "puttin' your back into it", volunteers provide the foundation for the participants to succeed.  When hosting meets, a variety of "jobs" must be filled in order to run the meet smoothly: computer operators, officials, timers, seeders, coaches' aides, concessions, set-up/clean-up crews, to name only a few. When visiting a meet there are still responsibilities. They may include timing, seeding, supervision and clean-up crews.


Click here for meet needs (brought to you by Officiating


Administering the swim program also requires multiple volunteers to take on positions "behind the scenes" to help the day to day operation of the team run smoothly.  The Kingston YMCA Hurricanes Swim Club needs volunteers to  stand as  part of a parent advisory committee. These jobs include;  general team parent manager, secretary, treasurer for general funds, USA Swimming registrar, meet director, meet safety officer, head timer and snack bar manager. We also welcome volunteers to help with organization and ordering of spiritwear and and participation in committees for fundraising and team events.  Most of the volunteering required is a donation of time and energy - a donation that your swimmers and the swim team readily needs - and is paid for by the smiles of those swimmers and, what the heck, you are going to be there anyway!  Please consider a leadership position within our group; additionally, if you have specific talents that can be channeled into aiding the success of this swim club, meet up with any of the advisory board members or contact via email the following:

James Jolly 

Brian Connolly

Kevin Chorzempa

Heidi Kirschner


Thank you for volunteering! Which brings to our next bit of volunteer position:  OFFICIALS...


Officials Needed - No Experience Necessary 


As many of you know, one of the requirements for swim meets to run is an adequate number of officials.  When hosting a meet, a minimum of two officials is required, and of those, one Level 2 (Starter and Referee) certification is necessary.  This training is available through the avenues listed below, but before we get ahead of ourselves, what are the benefits to becoming an official?  The benefits to officiating are many, but among them: 


-the best “seat” in the house – on deck!

-training to expand your knowledge of the sport of swimming.

-active community involvement.

-direct participation in the sport of swimming.


To this end, both USA Swimming and YMCA Competitive Swimming put out a “call for officials” each year.  Our local affiliated USA Swimming league, the Adirondack League, hosted an officials' clinic in October - the specific information will be added as it becomes available.


The YMCA is holding officials' training and certification classes continuously in the tri-state area.  For more information, please go to the YMCA Competitive Swimming website at (look for the tab "Officials" and click on "Listing of Upcoming Clinics".  You will be required to register in order to email the instructor; for team name, please use YMCA of Ulster – Kingston Hurricanes.  The certification classes have a registration fee (~$35 - 50) for which the club will reimburse all registered participants from our club.   The current offerings will be added to the table below as they become available:








NOTE:  Level 1 classes (also referred to as Stroke and Turn) are the entry level officials' classes.  Level 2 (also referred to as Starter/Referee) is typically for experienced officials.  You can contact the instructors directly with elgibility questions - they are expereinced experts.  Should you have interest, other questions, comments, or concerns, please drop any advisory board member an email (or you can speak to one of us at practice) and we will do our best to get the information back to you as soon as possible.  Keep your eyes on this website and the aforementioned sites for more information.


One of the most important aspects of any sport is the participants’ sportsmanship (parents and swimmers).  This is especially true with a sport such as swimming since this particular sport involves competition between teams, between swimmers on the same team, and a personal competition within each swimmer.  Whether wishing your opponents good luck prior to your race, congratulating those adjacent to your lanes on a good swim, or consoling a teammate after a swim they thought was less than par, each athlete should focus on being a good sport.  The Hurricane way has no place for taunting, gloating, or meanness.  Remember to extend your best sporting attitude when in or around the water.  A sport such as swimming builds each athlete psychologically as well as physically and good sportsmanship is extremely helpful in the development of the former.  The Kingston YMCA Hurricane Swim Club expects our athletes be good sports to themselves as well as to others; not only is it the right thing, but it is in our Code Of Conduct.  So be a good sport, and help others to do so as well!


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